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A Guide to Biodynamic

Monday, 15 May 2017 15:30:43 Europe/London

We have now been practicing biodynamic for over a year and are in the process of being certified by Demeter, which will add to our existing organic certification.

The health of our vineyard is improving naturally; its Biodiversity, soil fertility, crop nutrition, as well as its pest, weed, and disease management. The healthier the soil, the better the fruit - and as we always say: great fruit makes great wine!

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Pruning our vines

Monday, 13 March 2017 16:52:00 Europe/London

Tour de Belfort winter vineyard

Pruning starts in December at Tour de Belfort when our vines are dormant.

We start well ahead of the "official" historical start on 22nd January.

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Our summer guesthouses

Thursday, 2 February 2017 18:27:02 Europe/London

summer at the vineyard

Last summer seems far away, is it time to plan the next sunny one?

We hope you will be tempted to visit us in our beautiful Lot region and maybe stay in one of our guesthouses.

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From Organic to Biodynamic

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 15:47:08 Europe/London

biodynamic Tour de Belfort

When I shared the exciting news that our vineyard was adding “biodynamic” to “organic”, I was met by very surprised looks as to what that meant. This made me realise that 'biodynamic' is only exciting to a very small fan club as not many have heard about it.

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From flower to wine

Monday, 15 June 2015 10:18:48 Europe/London

vigne en fleurs

Summer officially begins on Sunday - and for us, back at our vineyard in France, it's an exciting time as we start our countdown to the harvest.

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Your holiday in our vines

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:19:36 Europe/London

Tour de belfort guest houses to rent

Film and wine lovers usually remember Ridley Scott’s film “A Good Year” with emotion. You may not meet Russell Crowe or Marion Cotillard in Belfort du Quercy but we have vines, wines and cicadas!

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2013 Harvest - A challenging year

Saturday, 2 November 2013 18:11:23 Europe/London

tour de belfort 2013 harvestOur new 2012 wines have been released just as our 2013 vintage is being harvested.  The effort we poured into our grapes last year has been rewarded with a selection of great wines that make us very proud and that have also attracted another crop of awards. The pleasure we find in sipping from our glass makes up for all the hard work over the past months.

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British weather in our vines

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 15:23:46 Europe/London

Bristish weather in our vines

Our famous poet Verlaine wrote: “It rains in my heart as it rains on the town”… so true for our fragile state of mind while watching cold rain falling on our flowering vines. Parts of our white grapes have consequently suffered from “coulure” when the flowers will not develop in juicy berries but in irregular small grapes.

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Decanter writes about pesticides in wines

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:32:03 Europe/London

TOUR DE BELFORT ORGANIC VINEYARDOn January 27th 2011, we wrote a blog on pesticides, how much the vineyard industry was using and how residues are found in wines. The Decanter article of 19th February 2013, implies that the situation has not changed as a recent French study exposed pesticide residues in 90% of wines.

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Harvest begins

Saturday, 15 September 2012 18:15:41 Europe/London

TOUR DE BELFORT WINE

During September our harvest team meet most mornings in the vineyard at 6.30am to receive instructions for picking.  We started early this year, harvesting a selection of our Chardonnay grapes at an alcohol level of 11.5 which is lower than our usual standards of ripeness, since it is destined for sparkling wine, which we will produce this year for the first time.

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